Living the San Francisco Dream


Excitement is building on the West Coast

November 15th is the day that the commercial crabbing season gets underway this year, and at Princeton Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, California, excitement is in the air.

boats ready for the crabbing season

The harbor is bustling in anticipation; crabbers are waiting to load the crab pots onto the boats; the boats are ready to head out first thing tomorrow morning.

Fresh Dungeness crab at Thanksgiving or at Christmas is a tradition for many of us. Walk-away crab cocktails at Fisherman's Wharf; community crab feasts in February and March --- we're anticipating good things to come our way in just a matter of days.

crab season opens

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 12 commentsLottie Kendall • November 14 2016 07:31AM


So why do they have a "season" for catching these underwater spiders? It seems that they are going a good deed  picking them up. Should be year-round.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 4 years ago


We loved when crab season began in Northern California.  Sonoma Market would be the first to get them!  We don't get them down here whole like we did when living in Napa,  We do get the frest Dungeness meat, but our seafood purveyor gets those from Oregon...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

 The public season ended about a month ago around Puget Sound and I sure miss my fresh Dungeness crab Lottie Kendall 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 4 years ago

HI Bill Roberts - I believe it's because of toxins that can form in the crab in warmer waters; last year our crab season was only a few weeks long because of that. We're excited about this year.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - last year we had to get our Christmas Eve crab from Washington, frozen and thawed - too salty for our tastes, so we're very excited about this year's local catch.

Hello Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - last year are commercial season was delayed due to warm water temps and bacteria; we had Washington State crab instead. We're looking forward to our local season getting underway tomorrow.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

Lucky you!  Boats around here are shrink wrapped and stored for the winter. Enjoy your crab!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 4 years ago

We will enjoy the Dungeness crab, Sharon. It's on holiday menus for many.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

I wish I could eat seafood for thanksgiving :( Enjoy some for me! Haha

Posted by Brittney Newton, President, Owner (Expert Prospecting) about 4 years ago

Hi Brittney Newton - fresh Dungeness crab is a treat we look forward to each winter. Served with sourdough bread, with garlic butter --- yum! By the end of the week, reports should be coming in from the crabbers about how the season is shaping up.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

Lottie,  The non-commercial boats get to go out the week before.  For many years my brother comes to the Bay Area and fishes for a week.  They always get their limit and have a lot of crab.  Ironically, I don't like it. I did not like it even before I became a vegetarian.  The photo on my Facebook page was taken several years ago on our way back into the Harbor after crabbing.  Good times. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - Your area is always the first to get so many wonderful culinary delights!  Like Kathleen Daniels I too am a vegetarian, so that means, more crab for you! : ) 

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 4 years ago

Kathleen Daniels - the Princeton Harbor was hopping with excitement and the buzz of the start of the commercial season when we stopped by yesterday after hiking at Purissima Open Space Preserve.

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale - for the most part I like vegetables better than meat; crab and much seafood are exception to that for me. Thanks for giving me your share of Dungeness crab! 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. This is good information for local residents. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago